ALACAZEM 2014.02.20

ALACAZEM 2014.02.20


February 20 to 27, 2014  Visible Planets: Morning: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn    Evening: Jupiter

AquariusAs the Sun waves goodbye to air-apparent Aquarius and enters the numinous waters of Pisces, we experience a subtle but major shift of energy and consciousness. The fixed nature of Aquarius engenders strength and conviction, favors focus and encourages concentration. There is a certain tenacity and perseverance in Aquarius, a tendency to get things done and bring whatever has been initiated to successful conclusion. Friendship and camaraderie are also attractive as the Sun transits the 11th sign of the Tropical Zodiac. It’s where and when we find inspiration and pleasure via group interactions, shared visions and common ideals. As solar rays become more direct, snows melt and days grow longer. The first inklings of Spring emerge. Fields of matted grass and muddy earth remind us that winter is on the wane. And then comes Pisces…

Pisces2The mutable flexibility of the zodiac’s 12th and final sign takes the firm beliefs and fixed opinions of Aquarius and submerges them in a sea of shifting tides, darkening skies and rolling thunder. The amorphous waters of Pisces carry us through oceans of emotion and deep wells of feeling. We face the multi-dimensional possibilities of our ever-expanding Universe and realize that perhaps we truly do not know, that our strongly held perceptions of reality may actually be an illusion, nothing more than an acquired taste, a thought, an idea relative to what we’ve been exposed to, to what we have defined as real.

The Aquarius/Pisces cusp is one of my favorite times of year. It resonates with unlimited potential and possibility, questions beliefs, breaks down rigidity and transforms the structures upon which we construct our realities. Both my husband and older sister Pam were born at this time of year, and I love them both dearly. They are awesome. Aquarius camaraderie, purpose and knowledge combined with Piscean loving-kindness, sensitivity and compassion. Yes!

Astrologer1And on another note, but in the same magical song, during the current 2014 Aquarius/Pisces cusp-time we are dealing with a powerful retrograde Mercury cycle. I’ve had many people comment on it in this go-round, including my born-on-the-edge of Pisces 28º Aquarius husband. I’ve even heard him talking about the crazy, wacky things that have happened to him and others, then counseling his friends and brothers about the Mercury Rx phenomena: “Just use the prefix “re,” he says. “Re-do, re-work, re-invent. Don’t start new projects. Finish the things you’ve already started.” Amazing! But then, Mercury has been transiting Aquarius, retrograde at 28º, exactly on his Sun! Go figure.

mercury stamp spaceAstrology triumphs once again. But, of course, that’s because it’s transformational, like life. And if you’re wondering when Mercury retrograde ends, that would be on the last day of February. Until then, have fun retracing your steps and rediscovering the magic and magnificence you may have been to busy to see or missed the first time around. Good luck and may the will of Aquarius and the compassion of Pisces be with you.

Aries (Mar. 20-Apr.19) You may be feeling the effects of retrograde Mercury in late Aquarius via the retrofitting of hopes and dreams. The radical personal changes and awakenings of Uranus in Aries over the last few years has put you in places and spaces you never dreamed possible. Now you see just how possible it is. Truth is truth and honesty is honesty. Practice them both.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20) As the Sun moves into Pisces, you may feel a subtle but major shift of heart and soul. Recent physical and emotional challenges may have stunned or stopped you in your tracks, forcing stasis and allowing you time to take a good look at what’s going on inside. The time for inner work is here. Take it slow and easy. One day at a time. Health is wealth.

Gemini (May 21-June 21) The Sun’s entrance into Pisces heralds a zodiac month of increasing ambition and accomplishment. As days lengthen and solar rays become more direct, you also feel more energized, awake and aware. With plenty to do and get done, you may at first feel overwhelmed. Nothing like job security! Mercury retrograde favors finishing unfinished starts. Good luck.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) As the Moon waxes toward full, tap in to the ebb and flow of life’s eternal mystery and magnificence. Pisces sunshine lifts the spirit and opens the heart. Altruistic acts and unselfish desires find you on a high road of pure motive and good intention. Stay on the path as you surrender to relaxation, meditation and prayer. Look for guardian angels, they are here.

Leo (July 23-Aug.22) Pisces energy deepens the depth of your relationships as you feel the strong emotional intensity of your desires. Whatever, whenever, whoever and wherever you are, recognize the power of loving-kindness and compassion. This is your ticket to happiness, inner peace and outer success. Cultivate faith and practice patience. Let others come to you.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep.22) As the Sun moves in to your solar 7th house, you may feel under water or overwhelmed by the rising tides in your relationships. Keep your boat afloat with a daily practice of self-care and self-direction. Focus on healthy boundaries and say no when you need to. Resurrect and revive programs of physical, emotional, spiritual wellness. You need your sleep!

Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 22) With ruler Venus still transiting Capricorn and Mercury retrograde in Aquarius, you may feel the pulls of personal projects and priorities in and all around you. Take a good look at what is right in front of you and start there. Clean, organize, discard and revamp. This is the perfect time to pick up wherever you left off. Stick with it, day by day, minute by minute.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) A rather reticent, peaceful, quiet week evolves as Mercury retrograde encourages home-based projects and programs of self-nurturing and self-care. Take it easy, find time to relax and refrain from pushing yourself in directions you don’t want to go. Journaling, inner work and quiet contemplation awakens the divinity within. Open your heart, accept what comes.

Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 20) The last month of winter begins as the Sun enters Pisces and your solar 4th house of home and family. Embrace a zodiac month of inner work, self-nurturing and self-care. Review, retrace and remember what you’ve done and where you’ve been over the last 12 months. Now it’s time to reprioritize your plans and strategies in light of the past. Take it slow.

Capricorn (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) Motivation to achieve and accomplish continues, but with Mercury retrograde in your solar 2nd house of self-resource and self-direction, you may feel thwarted or prevented from achieving those highly prioritized goals. No worries, no danger; everything in time. When things don’t work out, it’s because they are not supposed to. Do your best; the Universe will take care of the rest.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Messenger maverick Mercury in your sign plays coyote tricks and enchanting music as you move through mists of illusion, oceans of emotion and clouds of confusion. In spite of the potential frustration, it’s happening as it should be. We all need times of rest and relaxation, stasis and solitude. This is your time. Find joy in simple pleasures. Make a plan.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20) Candles are lit and cakes are cut as glimmering, shimmering Pisces celebrates another revolution around the Sun. Count your blessings and make those gratitude lists. There is some much to be thankful for! Take your time and savor the beauty and bounty of life. Accept the mystery and dance in the light of spirit. You are beautiful and blessed. Enjoy the joy.

Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living on a high mountain mesa 40 miles west of Telluride. Visit her website @







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